1 Jan 2019–31 Dec 2023
University of Helsinki
Anssi Peräkylä studies how the narcissistic problems of people who interact with other people, problems such as self-images that alternate between vulnerability and grandiosity, shape interpersonal interactions. The project will elucidate the ways in which a person’s experience of self and practices of interaction are intertwined, and show how personality disorders and pathological narcissism are socio-interactional and not only psychological conditions.
The project investigates narcissism in informal interactions, diagnostic interviews, couple therapy sessions and experimental settings. Peräkylä supplements sociological methods with measurements of physiological responses in the interaction participants. The research methods – discourse analysis, ethnography and psychophysiological measurements – add to the project’s interdisciplinary approach. The project offers significant application potential.